Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 19, 2000
Cell studies may further gene therapy prospects for head and neck cancer
New laboratory research at the University of North Carolina appears to kindle prospects of finding ways to treat head and neck cancer with gene therapy.

Brookhaven Lab researchers develop a technique to measure defects in materials with unprecedented accuracy
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a technique to detect defects in materials with picometer accuracy -- the highest accuracy ever achieved in such measurements.

Breast cancer symposium set for San Antonio
Top breast cancer researchers and clinicians will attend the 23rd Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dec.

Mayo Clinic study shows that sleep apnea impairs blood pressure regulation
People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are likely to have a blood vessel impairment that may cause daytime blood pressure elevation and may lead to heart disease, according to a new Mayo Clinic study published this week in Circulation.

Sifting through the ashes at Fire Conference 2000: the first national conference on fire ecology, prevention, and management
Reporters are invited to attend the first national conference on fire ecology, prevention and management.

Drug error rate low for children but half of parents not told when mistake occurs
Half of parents were not told when a drug error had occurred in the treatment of their child, shows a new study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Bilbies invade central Australia
A giant Australian mining company is working with Adelaide University and Adelaide Zoo to restore a huge area of Central Australia to pre-European condition.

Children born to mothers who go hungry during early pregnancy run greater risk of heart disease as adults
Children born to mothers who go hungry during early pregnancy are at increased risk of heart disease as adults, finds a study in Heart.

Genetic risk factor for common childhood respiratory infection identified
The severity of the common childhood infection, bronchiolitis, may be genetically determined, shows research in Thorax.

Penn State researchers unravel key facts about how a virus exits a host cell
Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine have identified a component of the little-understood machinery that allows retroviruses to exit or bud from the cell surface before re-infecting a new cell, which may offer a new target for the development of a single antiviral drug for a wide spectrum of viral diseases such as AIDS, rabies, ebola, measles, mumps or influenza.

Human trial for spinal injury treatment launched by Purdue, IU
The first human clinical trial of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries was announced today by the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Adding bacteria to wounds
How do you stop wounds becoming infected with dangerous superbugs?

Post-cesarean delivery dilemma: to cesarean again, or not?
The old adage

T cell's internal housekeeping service plays role in HIV infection
Proteins that help clean and organize the inside of certain T cells may assist HIV in spreading through the body, NIAID scientists report in the November 21 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

$1.9 million grant to fund social work school's new center on addictions
The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St.

GPs prescribe significant numbers of "off label" drugs to children
General practitioners are prescribing significant numbers of drugs to children that are outside the terms of the product license -

Economic penalty of extra pounds
Extra pounds can be expensive for middle-aged women, according to University of Michigan researchers analyzing data on more than 7,000 men and women in their 50s and 60s.
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